The UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees has said Yemen is experiencing a very complicated emergency situation since the country's humanitarian needs are growing in 'an alarming way'.
After a visit to a refugee camp in south Yemen, the UNHCR, Naveed Hussain, said Yemen hosts hundreds of thousands of African refugees, mostly Somalis, besides more than half a million internally displaced persons, IDPs, because of conflicts in the south and the north.
"Yemen is perfectly committed to international conventions on refugees, and the UN does its best to help the country cope with humanitarian needs," he said.
"The migration of African refugees is continuing via the sea and Yemen, which the regional countries and the international community must help, continues to demonstrate commitment to helping the African refugees".
Earlier this year, the Yemeni authorities estimated the number of the African refugees, who have arrived in Yemen from horn of African countries, at about two million people.
And according to the UN, around 103,000 Africans arrived in Yemen in 2011 and 51,000 this year so far.
"The UN is committed to helping about 250,000 refugees in Yemen, mainly in the most affected areas including those in the south," Hussain said.
There are about 170,000 IDPs due to the battles against Al-Qaida in Abyan and about 340,000 others displaced due to conflicts in north Yemen, he said, adding, "These people are in need for urgent support".
The best solution at the moment is to help the IDPs to return to their areas in Yemen but after ensuring they reach their places and stay safely, he added.
Addressing the issue of all refugees is very important to boost stability and also comes within the solutions to conflicts in Yemen, he said.
"The UN has provided aid including shelters for about 600 families, which sought refuge in Aden and nearby provinces due to the war in Abyan," he said, pointing out that the UN has also exerted major efforts to help those who already came back.